Syrian ambassador calls for "legal action" against Lebanese lawmaker interfering in Syrian affairs

13:57, April 15, 2011      

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Syria's ambassador to Beirut urged the Lebanese government Thursday to take legal action against a lawmaker accused of funding and arming protesters in Syria.

In an interview published on a website affiliated with Shiite armed group Hezbollah, Ambassador Ali Abdel-Karim Ali called on the Lebanese government and judiciary "to take action in order to preserve brotherly ties between the two countries."

Ali spoke one day after the Syrian state-run television aired what it described as the "confessions" of a three-member terrorist cell, who said they received weapons and money from the Lebanese Sunni lawmaker to fuel the unrest in Syria.

The Hezbollah website quoted Ali as saying that interference by some Lebanese factions in the events in Syria were "very dangerous and could harm brotherly ties between Lebanon and Syria."

The Syrian ambassador said that the "confessions" aired Wednesday were only the tip of the iceberg.

Protests flared in Syria on March 15, calling for an end to a decades-old state of emergency and demanding broad political reforms. Syrian authorities have accused "armed groups" of fueling the violence.

But Jarrah, who is a member of the anti-Syrian Future Movement of outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, denied the accusations.

The Future Movement also issued a statement saying that none of its MPs has any connection with the events in Syria.

Syria's ally Hezbollah said that the Future Movement's claim that it was not interfering in Syrian domestic affairs was "not convincing."

Ties between Damascus and the Future Movement greatly suffered in the aftermath of the 2005 assassination of the group's head, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which was widely blamed on Syria at the time.

Syria has repeatedly denied these allegations but was forced to end a 29-year military presence in Lebanon on April 26, 2005.

Source: Xinhua
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